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1. A formal agreement; a compact.
2. An agreement between the pope and a sovereign government concerning the legal status of the Roman Catholic Church within that government's territory.

[French, from Medieval Latin concordātum, from neuter past participle of Latin concordāre, to agree; see concordant.]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a pact or treaty, esp one between the Vatican and another state concerning the interests of religion in that state
[C17: via French, from Medieval Latin concordātum, from Latin: something agreed, from concordāre to be of one mind; see concord]


(kɒnˈkɔr dæt)

1. an agreement or compact, esp. an official one.
2. an agreement between the pope and a secular government regarding the regulation of church matters.
[1610–20; < French; < Medieval Latin concordātum, Latin: neuter of concordātus, past participle of concordāre to be in agreement. See concord]
con•cor′da•to`ry (-dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.concordat - a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
written agreement - a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties


[kɒnˈkɔːdæt] Nconcordato m


nKonkordat nt
References in classic literature ?
During the Revolution, the Concordat occasioned an unimportant schism, a little segregation of ultra-catholics who refused to recognize the Bishops appointed by the authorities with the consent of the Pope.
The conclusions of the previous chapter were that the Council, without either condemning or exalting the concordat, affirmed its compatibility with the principle of religious freedom and its continued usefulness in promoting cooperation between Church and state, whenever such an instrument is deemed appropriate, and subject to modifications as required by the new circumstances of place and time.
In this regard, the Comissao de Cidadania e Reproducao (CCR, Commission on Citizenship and Reproduction), a non-profit civil society organization that promotes reproductive rights as human rights, has launched a campaign to gather signatures against the approval of the decree and against the establishment of a concordat that favors the Catholic hierarchy to demonstrate that "the country defends the separation between Church and State Powers, protects constitutional rights of all citizens and promotes an international environment that respects religious diversity of all Peoples and Nations.
Other organisations, including One North East and Home Group, have signed the Concordat and are working towards it.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has ensured the road transport industry will be consulted on future cycling schemes in the capital by signing a cycling concordat with Transport for London (TfL).
The concordat sets out a framework for agreement between the promoters of the proposition, the city's Image Working Group, and companies and organisations that agree to promote and use the Be Inventive proposition in their own business.
The spokesman added: "We had every reason to believe the policy could be delivered through the concordat.
My position on this subject is a matter of public record, as is that of the National Gamekeepers' Organisation, which is a signatory to a concordat with the RSPB to stamp out the illegal killing of birds of prey.
17) Here's how through the new Concordat, the appointment of the bishops in France was done: The first French consul appointed the bishops and the Pope gave them the canonical book, which meant that he recognized them, but he could also refuse them.
A concordat signed between church officials and Benito Mussolini in 1929 guaranteed church control of education.
Satish Seemar is responsible for Concordat and Malthouse, while Ali Rashi Al Raihe must fancy his chances with Derbs, who on his last start in Abu Dhabi in December last year won the Group 1 National Day Cup.
Sections of the Vatican Secret Archives opened to scholars in September 2006 enable Ventresca to reveal Secretary of State Pacelli's reservations toward the Weimar Republic, especially its efforts to maintain a centrist government and the anger of one of the Catholic Center Party's leaders, Heinrich Bruning (chancellor, 1930-32), toward Pacelli for urging compromise with Hitler to gain a concordat with the government.